FIR Podcast #88: Learning Nothing at Penn State

For Immediate Release

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Richard Binhammer and Gerard Braud join host Shel Holtz for a conversation on these topics:

  • Why hasn’t Penn State learned anything about crisis communications in the five years since the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal? They seem to be operating out of the same playbook following the death of a fraternity pledge.
  • More CEOs are being shown the door over ethical lapses. Why is this happening and is there anything communicators should be doing to prevent it (especially given some of the Global Alliance’s Melbourne Mandate and the Arthur W. Page Society’s Corporate Character… Read More »

Friday Wrap #216: MP3’s demise, influencers at risk, Medium exodus, CMO promotions, snark’s appeal

Friday Wrap #216I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

News

FCC votes to end net neutrality—The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 to open debate on a proposal to reverse the Title II designation used to enforce net neutrality and on whether the FCC should impose net neutrality rules through other mechanisms. The takeaway: Make your voice heard. Leave a comment on the FCC’s public comment page. Without net neutrality, the ability of small companies to compete against those who can pay for faster access will be… Read More »

FIR Podcast #87: Gray Hair on the Digital Team

For Immediate Release

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

The conversation on this special episode of the show focused on a single theme: ageism in PR and digital/social media. Guest co-hosts Jennifer Stauss and Mark Story joined host Shel Holtz to explore several dimensions of the issue, including…

  • Whether digital media deserves its own seat the C-suite table and, if it does, what kind of experience needs to be represented there.
  • Do you really need to hire somebody under 25 (or 40) for social media jobs?
  • Why ageism seems to be the acceptable form of discrimination

Connect with our guest co-hosts on Twitter at @jenniferjstauss and @markstory_… Read More »

Friday Wrap #215: Can AR save print? Does print need saving?

Friday Wrap #215I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

Upcoming Free Stuff

Free crisis communications webinar—Next Thursday at 2 p.m. EDT, I’ll join Jen Zingzheim Phillips for a fee webinar on crisis communications hosted by Carma, the company that owns media monitoring service CustomScoop. Did I mention it’s free? Register

Panel on measurement planning will be broadcast—Also on May 18 at noon EDT, I will moderate a panel of Fellows from the International Association of Business Communicators on how to plan for measurement of… Read More »

Social Media and Social Causes Can Bring CEOs Out of the Shadows

CEOs Need to Connect With Employees

Some things you take for granted. The sun will rise in the east. A two-year-old eating chocolate will get chocolate on her face (and her arms and her legs). Breakfast for dinner is awesome. Employees know who runs their company.

Well, three out of four ain’t bad.

A recent survey from APPrise Mobile found that 23% of employees working for a company with 500 or more employees weren’t sure of their CEO’s name. Even more—32%—weren’t confident they could pick their CEO out of a lineup.

This floored me. I wasn’t comforted when I learned that most of those who didn’t know their CEO worked somewhere other than headquarters and were more… Read More »

FIR #86: The Executives On Rug Row

For Immediate Release

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Steve Crescenzo and Kathy Klotz-Guest were Shel Holtz’s guest co-hosts this week. The conversation covered these items:

  • Nearly a quarter of employees can’t name their CEO or even pick him or her out of a lineup. What should CEOs be doing about this (and does it even matter)?
  • Are town halls the worst way for executives to communicate face-to-face with employees?
  • Political discussions are on the increase in the workplace and the results aren’t always good. You can’t banish such talk, so how should companies manage it?
  • GE has just launched its latest branded content effort and once… Read More »

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